By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Going gluten-free is sometimes necessary if you have a severe allergy, autoimmune condition or sensitivity to gluten. If you are suffered from severe symptoms whenever you ate gluten it can make you not want to “go there” again unless you are a glutton for pain! However, once you decide not to eat gluten, it may not seem that difficult. There are so many other, delicious grains to enjoy that are gluten free right? Well, that is where some of the confusion comes in because there is supportive research stating that other grains, even gluten free ones may be harmful too.
What exactly are grains? Grains are wheat, rice, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, spelt, or any other cultivated cereal crops that we used as food. Wheat, of course, has gluten, but corn, quinoa and rice ethically do not. This news may sound great to people who can not eat gluten because there are other grain options but other grains may still cause symptoms. Why? Because their gluten-free proteins may act in the body and affect the immune system, like gluten, does. For example, quinoa is not a grain; it is a seed, but it contains gluten-like protein storage that acts like protein found in wheat. Furthermore, some grains are processed in facilities that process wheat and can cause cross contamination. Gluten-like proteins and cross contamination can trigger inflammation in someone who is autoimmune, allergic or sensitive to gluten, or someone who has Celiac.
The good news is that you do not have to go back and forth confused on whether or not you can or cannot eat gluten or gluten free grains. Gluten and GF grains may be totally fine for one person and cause harm to another person. You can find out precisely which grains (if any) you need to avoid with our Comprehensive Gluten Test and our Gluten Cross Reactivity Test!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Gluten Sensitivity and Gluten Cross Reactivity kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.